1.13.2012

PIA News Service - Friday, January 13, 2012

PPA chief optimistic shipping lines to continue operation in Nasipit port

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA)
-– Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Butuan City-Agusan del Norte Port Manager Renato Tolinero on Thursday said he is optimistic that shipping lines will continue their operation in Nasipit Port despite of the less volume of passengers these days.

In an interview over a radio station here, Tolinero admitted that ship passengers are getting lesser these past few days compared to the previous years because of the access of air line companies in Caraga Region especially here in the city.

However, the official said Shipping Lines are not dependent on the volume of passengers they will have. He added the cargoes are among their transactions where shipping line managements can get more of its income.

“Although passengers are getting lesser, it’s not much of the volume of passengers that they are getting their income. In most cases, the basis for their income is not on the passenger’s fees but on the cargoes’ fees,” Tolinero said.

This developed after local residents in Nasipit are getting worried of the situation that may result to the closure of the Nasipit port because shipping lines might discontinue their operations.

It was learned that more flights are added this year in Butuan City by the two airline companies: Philippine Air Lines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) bound for Manila and Cebu City, while Shipping Lines voyages here are also bound for Manila, Cebu and Bohol. (PIA-Caraga)

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Foreign nationals may apply for permanent residency, immigration says

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA)
-- Foreign nationals may now apply for permanent residency in the country.

According to Bureau of Immigration (BoI) Alien Control Officer Pastor P. Moran, Jr. foreigners who are married to Filipino nationals may stay in the country as long as they like if they have documents signifying their permanent residency.

“Ang mga foreigners nga nagminyo og mga Filipinas or Filipinos pwede na mag-apply og permanent residency by marriage… tungod niini, dili na sila mamahimong illegal alien dinhi sa atong rehiyon,” Moran said.

(Foreigners married to Filipinas or Filipinos may now apply for permanent residency by marriage… because of this, they will not be called illegal alien anymore here in our region.)

Moran said after the application is approved and all the necessary requirements have already been complied with, they are now authorized to put up business.

“Kung ma-approve na ang application ug na-comply na ang tanang mga requirements, pwede na pud sila motukod og negosyo kay legal na man ang ilang pagpuyo dinhi,” Moran said.

(If the application is already approved and requirements are already complied, they can also establish business because their stay is already legal.)

With this, Moran said interested parties may get in touch with their office at (085) 342-5097. (PIA-Caraga)

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MGB-13 identifies several Surigao City barangays as geo-hazard areas

by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 13 (PIA)
-- Several barangays in Surigao City are high risk areas during landslides and floods, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region revealed recently.

A detailed landslide and flood susceptibility report of MGB revealed that the barangays of Bonifacio, Canlanipa, Lipata, Mat-i, Punta Bilar, Quezon, Rizal, Taft, Togbongon and Washington are classified with high degree of landslide hazard, while the barangays of Capalayan, Danao, Ipil, Luna, Poctoy, San Roque, Trinidad and Sukailang are moderate and Balibayon, Cabongbongan, Cagniog, Mabini, Mabua, and Serna are classified as low landslide hazards.

MGB further reported that the flood susceptibility barangays with high degree of hazards are Luna, Mabini, Rizal, Sabang, Togbongon, Washington and San Juan, and barangays with moderate degree of flood hazards are Cabongbongan, Danao, Ipil, Mabua, Mat-i, and Nabago while the areas with low degree of flood hazards are Anomar, Bonifacio, Cagniog, Capalayan, Lipata, Quezon, Taft and Serna.

The MGB also reported other geo-hazards which include river scouring and siltation in Surigao River, bank erosion hazard and cut slope failure along the road in Brgy. Mabini, riverbank scouring in Brgy. Silop, flashflood hazard due to silted rivers in Pinaypayan and File in Brgy. Mat-i, river scouring in Brgy. San Juan, and subsidence hazard in Brgy. San Roque .

Coastal erosions and sedimentation were also reported in Brgy. Sabang. “If possible relocate/evacuate (the residents living in these) areas in Purok 2, 3 and 4 (in Brgy. Sabang) to evade possible occurrence of tidal storm surge in time of extreme weather condition,” the MGB report said. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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All set for Kahimunan Festival 2012, organizers say

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA)
– Organizers of Barangay Libertad’s Kahimunan Festival said the staging of this year’s grandest street dancing competition in the city on Sunday, Jan. 15, is all set as local contingents have prepared breath taking performances that will entertain not only local residents but also visitors.

According to Barangay Captain Vincent Rizal Rosario, five local contingents will vie for the championship title in the Grand Kahimunan Streetdancing Competition which is considered the highlight of the festival.

The five contingents are Barangay Libertad Women’s Group, Libertad National High School, Libertad Central Elementary School, Sta. Cruz Chapel and the Purok 3-A dancers.

Rosario added aside from the Grand Kahimunan streetdancing, the children’s Kahimunan will also be held.

The official also said that the festival’s Executive Committee members have agreed to invite members of the board of judges composed of choreographers the neighboring provinces and from this city who are not residents of Barangay Libertad. He added that this is to ensure a fair result.

Brgy. Capt. Rosario stressed that this year’s preparation is the same with the previous years and the only difference is that contingents of this year’s festival is exclusive to Barangay Libertad residents and organizations.

Aside from this, the official said four wide screens will be placed in strategic locations inside the Libertad Sports Complex where the final showdown will be conducted. “This can also be viewed through Internet live streaming,” Rosario said.

With this, the official urged the people here to inform their relatives and friends abroad of this development so that they may be able to witness Butuan City’s local version of Sinulog Festival.

Meanwhile, the Search for 2012 Mutya Hong Libertad will culminate this evening in the Grand Coronation Night at the Libertad Covered Court here, while the Libertad Singing Idol Season 2 contestants will take center stage tomorrow evening in the said venue.

Kahimunan Festival is held every third Sunday of January in time with the annual fiesta celebration of Senior Santo Niño, the patron saint of Barangay Libertad, this city. (PIA-Caraga)

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Police, multi-sector reps sign agreement on peace and order

by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA)
-- Police officials and representatives of various sectors the signed a “Covenant of Agreement” relating to peace and order problems in the community.

Community problems such as theft and robbery, minors addicted to solvents, security on the part of the business sector, traffic concerns and the illegal drugs were tackled during a multi-sectoral anti-criminality forum last Thursday at Brgy. Obrero Learning Center, Brgy. Obrero, Butuan City.

The activity aimed to forge a unified support to the programs of the government and the city police in achieving peace and order and prevent criminality in the area

A dialogue was held between representatives of various sectors and the police and other officials to address these problems..

Butuan City Police Office led by its officer-in-charge chief PSupt. Pedro U. Obaldo, Jr.

In his message, Chief PSupt. Pedro U. Obaldo, Jr. said that peace and order problem is everybody’s concern. He said that minors addicted to solvents were mostly famished and thus resorts to the sniffing substances to in order to alleviate hunger pangs

He said that the police has done its task of getting them off the streets and talking to them, and even to the extent of feeding them before referring them to the concerned government agencies as they can not detain because of an existing law. Some few days after their referral, the same minors were again seen roaming back the streets for lack of caring facilities.

The solution to the problem of these solvent-addicted minors calls for the unified efforts, cooperation and concern not only of the police but also of the homes (families and relatives), the church, the concerned government agencies, the private sectors and even of the community, he said.

So with the other concerns of security, drugs and criminality, he said.

The police crime preventive and preemptive measures such as beat visibility patrols, checkpoints, overt and covert operations and action teams cannot be effective unless the community will also do their share of reporting any unusual incidents, activity or suspicious personalities in their respective areas.

The director promised to take action on any reports coming from the community. He said he will not hesitate to take action to any concerns brought before his attention and will not tolerate any inaction. Police officials, he said, may also be replaced if proven that they cannot be trusted by the community.

“I need your support and your cooperation. Let’s talk and be a friend to your police…” Obaldo said. (PIA Caraga)

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Caraga LGUs ready disaster and climate change plan

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA)
-- Some 25 local government units in Region XIII have formulated a draft of their Disaster Risk Reduction and Management/Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM/CCA) Plan for 2012 during the DRRM/CCA Planning Workshop on January 11-12, 2012.

The activity is sponsored by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in partnership with Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo and the Local Government Academy under the Strengthening Local Governments of the Philippines (SLGP) Project in Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The activity is designed to build the capacities of the members of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) in the formulation of DRRM/CCA Plans.

In her welcome address, DILG Assistant Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion encouraged the LGUs to strengthen their LDRRMCs to mitigate if not prevent destruction to life, limb and property brought by disasters due to climate change. She further said that disasters are inevitable and will eventually hit any place so the best that LGUs could do is to respond and adapt to the vast changing of climate to mitigate its destructive effects.

“We don’t want a repeat of what happened to our neighbors Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities. You must be prepared at all times to fight back disasters like Sendong which can be likened to an unseen enemy, a thief in the night which strikes when least expected. Be prepared because it’s not Batman or Superman that can help us, but only us who must be prepared at all times,” she said.

During the workshop, the participants were briefed on the salient features of RA 10121 known as “The Phil. DDRM Act of 2010 and NDRRm Framework,” Geo-Hazard Mapping, RA 9729 known as “Climate Change Act of 2009,” and the Government’s Plans and Programs for DRRM/CCA.

The participants composed of Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Municipal Engineers and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers assessed the vulnerability and capacity of their respective LGUs in DRRM/CCA which will gauge the latter’s success/performance in strengthening the DRRM/CCA.

It can be recalled that a similar training was conducted by the Local Government Academy to eight (8) selected LGUs on September 7-8, 2011. Another round of the same activity was also conducted by this Department on December 7-8, 2011 to fifteen (15) local government units.

This makes a total of forty eight (48) LGUs that were trained on DRRM/CCA. The rest of the LGUs, twenty five (25) of them, were trained by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)

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PAG-IBIG Butuan grants P7.5M calamity loans

by Christopher L. Loon

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA)
-- The PAG-IBIG Fund here is now accepting calamity loan applications from its members all over Caraga Region, which was declared under state of calamity through Presidential Proclamation No. 303 by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Dec. 20, 2011.

With this, the PAG-IBIG fund has started processing calamity loans last Jan. 2 and has so far released a total of P7,555,051.56 to all its qualified member-borrowers for the nine days operation alone.

It is expected to increase in the coming days due to the extent of the declaration. The availment period will run for three months that will last until March 20, 2012.

To qualify, a member must have paid at least 24 months membership contributions. All other eligibilities required in a regular loan will be waived. The loan proceeds will be 80 percent of the total savings net of the outstanding loan.

Through the years, PAG-IBIG Fund has been true to its mission, which is to uplift the quality of life of its members through savings. It has been proven by its active participation not only on relief operations but also the granting of calamity loans for its qualified members during calamities.

Butuan Branch since its inception had released a total amount of P628 million to help alleviate the living condition of its members affected by calamities. This catered a total of 77,756 members under Caraga Region.

Aside from the Multi Purpose Loan and Calamity Loan, a qualified member can also avail of a housing loan. (Pag-Ibig Butuan/PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: PNoy girebisar ang sumbanan sa suspension sa mga klase ug trabaho sa gobyerno gumikan sa mga katalagman

ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 13 (PIA)
-- Gipalapdan ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III ang kasamtangang protocol sa pagkansela sa mga klase ug trabaho sa gobyerno panahon sa bagyo lakip na ang baha, kalamidad, ug uban pang mga pagsamok sa panahon aron malikayan ang mga kadaot.

Si Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. mibutyag kagahapon, Huwebes nga ang Pangulo mipagawas sa Executive Order No. 66 niadtong Enero 9, aron pagpahapsay ug pagpasayon sa mga proseso alang sa pagkansela sa mga klase sa pangpubliko ug pribadong mga eskuylahan ug trabaho sa panggobyernong mga buhatan tungod sa kalamidad.

“This presidential issuance is an assertion of the State’s declared policy to institutionalize measures that will ensure that the general public, including students and state workers, will be safe from needless hazards and that their lives and limbs will be safeguarded,” si Ochoa miingon.

Ang EO 66 mitakda sa mosunod nga mga sumbanan sa pagkasenla o pagsuspinde sa mga klase sa pangpubliko ug pribadong eskuylahan ug trabaho sa gobyernong buhatan:

• Signal No. 1 – Ang mga klase sa pre-school level, sa apektadong lugar, awtomatikong suspendido o kanselado.

• Signal No. 2 – Ang mga klase sa pre-school, elementary ug sekondarya , sa apektadong lugar, awtomatikong kanselado o suspendidoand.

• Signal No. 3 – Ang mga kalse sa pre-school, elementarya, sekondarya ug kolehiyo, sa apektadong lugar, pati ang graduate school, lakip usab ang trabaho sa tanang mga buhatan sa gobyerno, awtomatikong kanselado o suspendido.

Gimandoan usab ni Pangulong Aquino ang Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) sa pagpagawas og mga weather forecast ngadto sa mga nakalain-laing mga media outlets, lakip ang radyo ug telebisyon, sa dili pa molapas sa alas 10:00p.m. ang takna sa kagabii sa naunang adlaw ug alas 4:30 a.m. sayong buntag sa adlaw sa gikatakdang kanselasyon o suspension sa mga klase ug trabaho.

Apan, ang Pangulo miingon nga sa panghitabo nga adunay mga klase ug trabaho sa buntag ug ang suspension sa mga klase ug trabaho moepekto lamang sa hapon, ang PAGASA kinahanglan mopagawas sa maong weather forecast dili pa molapas ang alas 11 a.m. sa buntag sa maong adlaw.

Ug sa samang gihayon, ang EO 66 nagtakda nga sa panahon nga walay typhoon signal o warnings gikan sa PAGASA, ang local chief executives maoy moimplementar og local nga kanselasyon o suspension sa mga klase ug trabaho uban ang koordinasyon sa weather bureau ug sa National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), partikularmente sa mga lugar nga delikado sa pagbaha.

Sa mga lugar nga apektado sa mga katalagman pang uban luyo sa mga bagyo, ang pagkansela sa mga klase sa tanang lebel sa pribado ug pangpublikong mga eskuylahan ug trabaho sa gobyerno makanselado o masuspendindo lamang kon kini edeklara sa Pangulo human ang rekomendasyon sa NDRRMC.

Gitahasan usab sa EO 66 ang NDRRMC nga pahibal-on gyud dayon ang Office of the President (OP), pinaagi sa Executive Secretary, kon aduna o sa tanang kanselasyon o suspension sa mga klase ug trabaho sa gobyerno sa apektadong mga lugar.

Ang Pangulo mimando usab sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga may direktang kalabotan sa disaster risk reduction and management nga imentinar ang mga operasyon sa ilang mga tagsa-tagsa ka mga buhatan aron maseguro ang padayon nga serbisyo publiko.

Kini nga mga buhatan sa gobyerno mao ang Office of the Executive Secretary ug ang Department of National Defense, ang Interior and Local Government, Social Welfare and Development, Science and Technology, Health, Public Works and Highways, Education ug lain pang uban, nga diin ang ilang mga operasyon kinahanglanon sa Pangulo o sa NDRRMC.

Ang OP, pinaagi sa Executive Secretary, adunay parehong awtoridad uban ang NDRRMC nga mokansela o mosuspende sa mga klase ug trabaho atol sa mga katalagman, gitakda sa EO. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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Cebuano News: Land conversion nag-unang rason sa pagkadelatar sa katukuran sa bag-ong capitol building

ni Roselyn G. Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Jan. 13 (PIA)
-- Ang land conversion ang nag-unang rason sa pagkadelatar sa katukuran sa bag-ong Capitol Building sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Government ngadto na sa Barangay Sanghan, Cabadbaran City, kini ang giklaro ni Provincial Administrator Percianita G. Racho.

Sumala pa ni Racho nga nakahan-ay na ang tanang plano alang sa katukuran sa bag-ong kapitolyo, apan dili matud pa kini mapadayon kon walay desisyon sa Department of Agrarian Reform ug sa Department of Agriculture sa pag-convert sa maong yuta gikan na sa Agricultural Land ngadto na sa Commercial o Industrial Land.

Gidugang pa ni Racho nga nakompleto na sa probinsya ang tanang mga dokumento nga gikinahanglan aron ma-convert ang maong yuta, ug posible nga mogawas na ang desisyon sunod bulan, aron usab masugdan na ang pag-constrcut sa bag-ong gambalay. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)